Climate Change – What Shall We Make of it?

Climate change. We hear about it all the time. From pandas on our breakfast cereal cartons to water temperature instructions on clothing labels, the doomsday message of imminent disaster is being drummed into us from every side and through every medium. The headlines are convincing, and there are always plenty of scientific studies and charts showing steady Co2 level increases, temperature increases, and sea level rises. But could this all be wrong?

Anthropogenic (caused or produced by human activity) climate change as a theory has been around since the 1970s at least, and most climate scientists today are believers. But researchers have found that many other people are not so convinced (Sibley, n.d.).Why is this? Does their unbelief come merely from an unwillingness to give up their splendid lifestyles? Or does the population see what the scientists appear to be blind to – a world full of climate, in which temperatures are always changing and global averages are largely meaningless?

The first model showing the influence of Co2 (carbon dioxide, a naturally occurring gas) was built by Svante Arrhenius in 1896 (Crawford, 2014). Since then, climate models have grown increasingly sophisticated. Much time, money and energy have been spent on developing these models and interpreting what they predict.

However, these models are not always reliable. They have not been predicting the temperature correctly (Spencer, 2014), and they were not able to accurately reproduce the changes in precipitation in China over the last 50 years (Ou, 2013).

If warming was happening, would it be a bad thing? It is generally assumed that if Arctic ice was melting, the polar bears’ habitat would be reduced, causing their weight and population to decline. However, Steel (2013) demonstrates that warmer temperatures mean less ice, more seals, and healthier polar bears. Farmers use huge greenhouses full of Co2 rich air, or fertilizers that increase the Co2 in the environment, to enhance and speed their crops’ growth. Conversely, if cooling was happening, would that be a bad thing? Some scientists have suggested that the earth is on the brink of another mini ice age (Wishart, 2013).

Co2 is only around 0.0391 % of Earth’s atmosphere, and humans only contribute 1.7% of that (Wishart, 2009). Yet the believers continue to throw figures at us: “2 metre sea rise in 100 years!” (“Sea Level Rise,” n.d.) “Glaciers are melting at previously unrecorded speeds!” Well, if those sea level rises are coming anytime soon, all the glaciers had better start racing for the coasts, because for sea to rise 2 metres by 2100, they’d have to be melting 40 times faster than their present speed, as explained in Pfeffer, Harper, and O’Neel, 2008.

The global warming scare stories seem to be melting away. The polar bears are not dying of starvation (Steel, 2013). The polar ice shelves are not melting irreplaceably (Goddard, 2009). And the North-West passage was not open for the first time in human history, as stated in “Warming ‘opens’, (n.d.)” in 2009. (Wordie, 1945) Where does all this evidence leave the global warming promoters? It would appear that they are up to their necks in hot water.

But now we must ask some further questions. If the condemning data is so easily accessible, why do the believers not avail themselves of it? Why do they continue to attend useless summits and meetings and persist in writing scholarly books, and articles, proclaiming a readily disproven theory? “You don’t have to look past the usual suspects, Greed and Power,” concludes journalist Ian Wishart in his 2009 book Air Con.

If “Greed and Power” were the only motive behind the climate change campaign, reason would prevail, and the leaders would at least bow to the inevitable and quietly dust their hands of the matter. You can just imagine a child in 2100 reading a 2014 newspaper and wondering what “climate change” might be. (“Mummy, what is ‘climate change,’ and why did everybody have to go to a meeting about it?”)

We must look further for the source of this propaganda. Wishart (2009) continues, “The battle to convince you of the reality of ‘climate change’ is intricately entwined with the collapse of the world financial markets and the growing push for a de-facto world government.” So it seems that anthropogenic global warming is not just about polar bears and penguins. It’s a global myth devised to deceive the public and build support for a world government. 

References

Greenpeace. (2006). Glaciers melting at double speed. Retrieved 24 May, 2014, from: http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/news-and-blogs/news/glaciers-melting-at-double-spe/

Global Sea-Rise Levels By 2100 May Be Lower Than Some Predict, Says New CU-Boulder Study. (2008).Retrieved fromhttp://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2008/09/04/global-sea-rise-levels-2100-may-be-lower-some-predict-says-new-cu-boulder

Goddard, S (2009). Poll and Polar Ice Trends. Retrieved from http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/03/02/poll-and-polar-ice-trends/

Ou, T. (2013)Observed and simulated changes in extreme precipitation and cold surges in China: 1961–2005 (Doctoral thesis, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/2077/31816

Sea Level Rise. (n.d.) Retrieved from http://ocean.nationalgeographic.com/ocean/critical-issues-sea-level-rise/

Sibley, C. (n.d.) Do New Zealanders believe in climate change? Auckland, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://cdn.auckland.ac.nz/assets/psych/about/our-research/nzavs/Feedback%20Reports/Do%20New%20Zealanders%20believe%20in%20climate%20change.pdf

Spencer, R.W.  (2014) 95% of climate models agree: the observations must be wrong. Retrieved from http://www.drroyspencer.com/2014/02/95-of-climate-models-agree-the-observations-must-be-wrong/

Steel, J. (2013) Why Less Summer Ice Increases Bear Populations. Retrieved from http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/07/06/why-less-summer-ice-increases-bear-populations/

Crawford, E. (2014). Svante August Arrhenius. Retrieved from: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/36084/Svante-August-Arrhenius

Warming opens Northwest Passage (n.d.) Retrieved from http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6995999.stm

Wishart, I. (2009) Air Con: The (seriously) inconvenient truth about global warming. North Shore, New Zealand: Howling at the Moon Publishing Ltd.

Wishart, I. (2013, June-July) Climate of Fear: More home truths about the dwindling threat from climate change. Investigate Magazine, 16-21

Wordie, J. M.  (1945) The Voyage of the St Roch through the North-West Passage, 1944. Polar Record, 4, 259-263. : http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0032247400042042

 

This is an essay I wrote for my Polytechnic course.

Love, Rhoda

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4 thoughts on “Climate Change – What Shall We Make of it?

    • One other thing, I dont feel comfortable signing on to join blogging “full time” with anyone at the moment (its not just you :)) but if you would like to work out a guest post in either direction (I have a blog, too) feel free (or is that “under pressure”) to get back to me.

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